Council doesn't support closing Gilman Springs Road - 2009-09-03
The San Jacinto City Council voted unanimously Thursday to go on record opposing any future proposal to close Gilman Springs Road where it bisects the Church of Scientology's Golden Era Productions property.
The winding, two-lane road between Highway 79 and State Street is in unincorporated Riverside County, adjacent to the city. The Scientologists' interest in closing the road predates the 2004 election of County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who represents the area's 3rd District. The issue has come up every few years, said Verne Lauritzen, chief of staff to Stone, by phone Thursday.
As of this week, no official application had been made to the county. Samuel Alhadeff, an attorney representing the church, told the council experts have been hired to analyze issues related to the road and, in a letter, anticipated a road vacation application could be filed soon.